It wouldn’t be Christmas 2016—or the holiday season, frankly—without eggnog cookies! Your favorite holiday beverage can be transformed into delicious and tasty treats.
If you don’t have a family recipe to follow, you landed on the right page because below you will find easy recipes to serve your guests tasty eggnog cookies this Christmas.
Frosted Eggnog Cookies Recipe
What you need for the cookies is 1⅓ cups softened butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 4 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons eggnog, ½ teaspoon rum extract, and 3 cups all-purpose flour.
For the frosting, you will need 4½ cups powdered sugar, ¾ cup softened butter, 1½ teaspoon rum extract, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2-3 tablespoons eggnog, and additional ground nutmeg for dusting.
To begin, in a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until you achieve a light and fluffy texture. Beat in the egg yolks, eggnog, and extracts, and then gradually beat in the flour. Refrigerate your mixture for at least two hours.
Heat your oven to 325 degrees F, and in the meantime, begin to shape your dough into one-inch balls and place them on a lined baking sheet— at least two inches apart from each other.
Bake your cookies for 13 to 16 minutes, or until the bottoms are browned. When you remove them from the oven, place them on a cooling rack.
Now to make the frosting: In another large bowl, mix together powdered sugar, butter, rum extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon until well blended. Beat in more eggnog until you have achieved your desired consistency. Spread the frosting over each cookie and dust additional nutmeg on top. Allow the cookies to set until they are ready to be placed into a container, or serve directly.
Frosting-Free Eggnog Cookies
Here’s another eggnog cookie recipe you can try that doesn’t involve frosting.
What you will need is 1 ¼ cup of white sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, ¾ cup of softened butter, 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of eggnog, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 2 egg yolks.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and combine your baking powder, cinnamon, flour, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, cream sugar and butter until light, add in your eggnog, vanilla, and egg yolks; beat until the texture is smooth. Add in your dry ingredient mixture slowly and avoid overmixing.
Scoop out teaspoons of your dough onto a baking sheet, ensuring they are separated from each other. Sprinkle your dough lightly with nutmeg and bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until the bottoms are brown.
Cool on a cooling rack and either package them up to be taken home by guests or serve directly.
If you love eggnog, then you will love these two eggnog cookie recipes this holiday season.
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